Posts Tagged ‘Communication skills’
The reader comment by RStone below, referencing a quote-gem by Mother Theresa (see post 10 Inspiring Quotes On Leadership | Manage My Employees) provides an apt reminder that our ‘words etch in the minds’ of our employees.
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
- Mother Theresa
I’ve led a number of seminars on “Giving Praise” and I’m struck by how many managers, can recall years later, the words spoken to them by a former supervisor, military commander or other authority figure. Those words, as Mother Theresa put it, still ‘echoed’ in their minds and more often than not, merely recalling those words stimulated
Pointless or boring staff meetings are a colossal waste of everyone’s time. Fortunately however, that doesn’t have to be the case. To make staff meetings relevant and highly productive you can try a few road-tested tips:
- Begin by asking for good news. What has happened in your area that’s positive? This sets a proper tone for your meeting and encouraging news helps keep attitudes positive.
A dangerous (and common) assumption I’m noticing today — presuming that employees are adequately informed on significant aspects of the organization’s operations when they really aren’t.
For most employees being in the loop about goings-on in the company is essential to job morale. However, in order for people to feel connected, believe that their role has significance, and be sufficiently motivated to give their full efforts, we must keep people adequately in the know. There are a few keys to doing this.